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Warrior Knights (1881-1898) by Viktor Vasnetsov (1848-1926)
Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow / Bridgeman Art Library, London
Track(s) taken from CDA67851/2
Recording details: March 2011
Henry Wood Hall, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Jeremy Hayes
Engineered by Ben Connellan
Release date: March 2012
Total duration: 9 minutes 54 seconds

Vier Lyrische Fragmente, Op 23

Tempo di Valse  [1'59]

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
The Four Lyrical Fragments Op 23 reveal yet again the sheer variety of Medtner’s invention. All are in minor keys but each occupies its own unique expressive world. Particularly treasurable are the second piece, a bittersweet romance of exquisite delicacy, and the brooding fourth which has so much in common with Medtner’s Pushkin setting Remembrance, Op 32 No 2, that it is easy to conclude that it represents a similar sleepless night of self-recrimination.

from notes by Hamish Milne © 2012

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